Grateful Dead Live at Berkeley Community Theater on 1971-08-14
* With David Crosby
d1t06 - There was a messy splice with a good bit of redundancy @ 0:12 in Big Railroad Blues which i rendered sonically imperceptible using SF6 . Minor tape wear near the start of Bertha, and in El Paso, This source does not have the digistatic during Cumberland Blues noted on the other circulating set of SHNs for this date.
Original SHNs were nonseekable and were not named according to etree convention. I renamed the files, cleaned up the splice in d1t06, performed a shntool fix to get rid of the resulting sbe, and re-encoded to seekable SHN. - C.Ladner
Subject: Pitch correction
As for the show -- it's the summer of '71, what can I say? For me, this was their peak. 1971-08-06 Hollywood Palladium is a better show, but this one is no slouch, and is undeniably a worthy addition to a summer '71 playlist.
Subject: Phil Zone
BTW, I've really been enjoying Mind Wondrin's reviews. It's good to hear someone who knows some stuff expressing it for others' benefit.
Ditto on MW's endorsement of guitar tone talk: a very wine-tastey and synaesthetic form of sound-art criticism that I find fun.
This is -
a) One of the Houseboat Tapes
b) Perhaps the best show of '71, as good as 4/28 & up there with 8/24.
c) During the same string of shows as Dick's#35 and Road Trips 1-3
d) Bertha from this show was on the Huckleberry Jam LP but the rest of show will likely become an official release some day
e) A total Phil show with slides, runs and bombs laced like a mine field
1st Set. With a bang, maybe the best Bertha of '71, up there with 4/27. It's impossible to pick a best Me & My Uncle from the dozens in '71 but I'm saying this is in the top 50 of all time, brother. Europe 72 is known to have the best Mr. Charlie's but this smokes. It's only the 6th one. I don't know all 40 but this is as good as 4/7/72 and 4/8/72. The rest of the first set is average, with a pre-solo Sugaree and Bobby out of tune, until the awesome Big Railroad (better than 4/5/71!). Brokedown isn't the dreary dirge it became in the 80s and Playin' gets a straight reading except for the animated Phil. The set then falls off a bit.
2nd Set. Truckin is cut on all sources. Set starts pretty average (though the middle jam of TOO has non-Dead-like moments) until a whopping Sugar Mag. Powerful, snarling, and not like most 71s. NFA is also approached differently this night and by GDtRFB the machine is ON! The hot double encore has the best UJB of '71.
1st Set: B
2nd Set: B+
Overall = Solid 4 Stars
Bertha, Me & My Uncle, Mr. Charlie, Big Railroad
Sugar Mag>NFA>Goin Down teh Road
the double encore of JBG/UJB
Sources. This Ladner source is the best but beware (and I'm surprised nobody mentioned this) it's pitched fast. All three current sources are 1%, or a halftone too fast, and makes the boys sound pretty wound up. use your software to speed-correct. (On mine it was "Pitch -0.4").
Mark C has an excellent review [below] and explanation of Bobbie & Jer's shifting tones at this juncture.
Subject: Classic Dead
Subject: This Show is PHILthy
Subject: That IS Cool
Subject: The Day I Was Born
Subject: One of the best of 71.
On par with the 8/6 Hollywood Palldium show for best of 71 in my opinion...
Subject: High Energy Show
Subject: Memory lane
Subject: Essentially Oiled
This is it. Whatever it is.
This show reminds me of a clenched fist.
Phil Lesh is God.
Subject: '71 is the best
Still, these earlier '71 shows are very special. I've always been somewhat prejudiced against pianos in rock bands. To this day I am a believer in what I'll call the "Beatles" model - lead, rhythm, bass and drums. (Forgive me, Pigpen)
How about that Railroad Blues? These guys are on fire!
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" August 14, 1971, at the Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, California, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
~This Day in GRATEFUL DEAD History~
I couldn't be there in 71', but I showed up today, despite the actions of fascists, bigots, communists, socialists, and other degenerate scum...so, like; where were you...man?
Listen to this show...LISTEN TO GARCIA'S SOUND AT THIS SHOW....THIS IS THE SOUND THAT MADE HIM FAMOUS....PHIL LESH IS A MONSTER....."Crank It Up"....CIU.
This "Live" show should have been released commercially, it's that good.
With that incredible 1971 sound the GRATEFUL DEAD are rehearsed, energized, confident, hungry, in the groove and ready to kick some ass from the stage. Even the singin' sounds pretty good...this show is definitely "Happenin'".
A true Rock-N-Roll performance. I wish I was at this show, but I was livin' on the East Coast.
Garcia's guitar sound lights up like the sun and screams at the crowd.
Phil's sound is fat "earth-shaking", funky and awesome. It's a "Phil" night, yeah...a "Phil" night.
Bobby's singin' & syncopated rhythm guitar sounds terrific.
It's a one drummer in the pocket performance...the dance-ablity is over the top...
I highly recommend adding this show to your 1971 GRATEFUL DEAD collection. 1971 was the "Best Year" in GRATEFUL DEAD music in my opinion...
"Hard To Handle" is superb. It's longer than "Playin' In The Band"...remember those days? Pigpen only sings a couple of songs but he's singin and playin on several more.
Truckin' fades in and goes into "The Other One-->Jam-->The Other One...a Classic GRATEFUL DEAD musical experience...the kind of performance that made them "infamous".
Garcia's not usin' his WHA-WHA pedal on "Sugar Magnolia"...like he was back in April 71'. The tune up session after SM is eye opening...Pig's B'3 saves the day.
I recommend using your EQ during playback of most of the shows on the IA, this one included.
Windows Media Player has a 10 band EQ and SRS WOW effects that enhance the sound.
Here's one way to stream/dowload this show:
The IA recommends users of Windows XP view this web-page with RealPlayer.
RealPlayer is a free media player you can download at www.realplayer.com.
Using RealPlayer to view this webpage, click the VBR M3U link to open the songs in the Playlist.
If your Playlist is not open, open it by clicking the Playlist icon at the lower right hand corner of RealPlayer.
Once the songs are in the Playlist, double click the song to play it, then click the record button at the lower left hand corner of Realplayer to record it.
When the red line reaches the other end click the stop button to download the song. Your song is in the RealPlayer Downloads folder.
Repeat these steps for each song.
Hook up audio cables (1/8th inch stereo male jack with two rca male jacks at the other end) from your headphone jack on your computer to your audio input on your Reel to Reel, Cassette,VHS, CD, DVD, MP3, recorder and record it in real time...duh?
Eat, Drink, Be Merry and Listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD, for tomorrow we may die....
Thanks for the LOVE from 1971.
PS: Remember to click on the "DeadLists Project" link and get the "Poster" for this show.
PSS: Get the next night too: http://www.archive.org/details/gd1971-08-15.sbd.gustin.131.sbeok.shnf
Subject: Totally Great
You can truly hear the difference in hall sound as compared with where they usually played in 1971, Fillmore West & Winterland.
BCT had astounding acoustics. Saw Hendrix there 5-30-70 and many others including the GD about 10 times dating back to 1-13-67.
This night and the one following are the only two occasions I ever saw the GD play in the city in which I resided. Both nights are jewels of spirited and enthusiastically energetic repartee'.
Subject: Phil Drops Bombs!
Another Fine Day in The People's Republic!
Subject: Hot 71
Subject: Jam out of The Other One
Subject: A real classic
Subject: This is the one.
Subject: MLB - Dark Star Jam?
This show and the next night have got to be released from the vault. Stop torturing us heads. Please!
Subject: Worth the 3 second wait
4 out of 5
To hell with the 3 second thing.
What about the music :1.Big Railroad 2.Hard to Handle, just examples.
Subject: Soon to be Released?
In the spring of 2005, Keith's brother Brian and son Zion were cleaning out the houseboat, found the tapes, and gave them to Donna, whose jaw dropped. One call to Lemieux later, and the Dead's long-lost missing tour from the summer of 1971 had resurfaced. Master tapes include April 28 and 29 at the Fillmore East (released as "Ladies and Gentlemen," which was mixed from the multi-track masters), the 7/31 Yale Bowl (alas, the reels were blank), a small piece of the second Hollywood Palladium show, the complete shows from Berkeley Community Theatre 8/14 & 8/15, and others. Dick's Pick #35 is the complete San Diego (8/7/71) show, all that was salvageable of the 8/24 Chicago show, and an hour-plus of the Hollywood Palladium (8/6), which is all that existed on the tapes.
Subject: That BCT sound
Subject: End of an era?
Like many, IÃÂve had the audience tapes of the Hollywood 8-5/6 shows, and considered their absence from the Vault a big loss. But we have these shows, which rest assured are of equal caliber. In fact, if these four shows were all available in similar sound quality for comparison, I strongly suspect that peopleÃÂs opinion of the relative merits of the shows would change.
Yes, my two or three very favorite moments come from the Hollywood shows (specifically, moments in each of the Other OneÃÂs), but overall, if my back was against the wall and I had to pick one show, I would probably give the nod to 8/14.
The high points from all four of these shows are undoubtedly the Other One jams. It is no coincidence that the boys played it back-to-back in both runs. In 1971, the Other One was THE signature jam of the band. Though theyÃÂd been jamming on it for fully four years, I find these 71 ones to be my favorite. Portchester 2-23, Fillmore 4-28, Fillmore West 7-2, which David Gans once described as ÃÂmoltenÃÂ ÃÂ they are all momentous musical events in the DeadÃÂs history. And the four from these runs belong center square in this group. IÃÂm particularly partial to 8-5 (I love those blood-curdling yells from the audience in all the right places!), and the Me & My Uncle segueway part in 8-6 ÃÂ but this is a review of Berkeley 8-14/15 ÃÂ I digress.
These August 71 shows also have musical historical significance. They represent the last shows with solid body Gibson guitars (Jerry and Phil). By the time of the Gaelic Park gig 8-26, Jerry had switched to a Strat and Phil was playing a hollow body. Two months prior to a further thinning out of the bandÃÂs guitars due to Keith joining, this was the last time we would here those big, fat Gibson tones emanating from JerryÃÂs amps. ItÃÂs my opinion that JerryÃÂs switching to a StratÃÂas well as KeithÃÂs pianoÃÂaffected (adversely) JerryÃÂs style in a feedback-loop sort of way. The thinner tones influenced Jerry to play with less vibrato and ballsiness, and play more scales. This was exacerbated by the addition of KeithÃÂs percussive piano playing later that year. Was the thinning of JerryÃÂs sound evident at the Gaelic Park show just two weeks later? IÃÂm not sure. You be the judge.
Back to the shows. The sound quality is exceptional. There are some problems in the mix in places. Overall, PhilÃÂs bass is out front in both channels. Now, IÃÂd be the first to admit that there are a lot worse things than having Phil too loud. On the two Other One jams we *really* get to hear PhilÃÂs brilliance crystal clear.
Jerry in parts is a little too far back in the mix. But thatÃÂs OK, too. The biggest problem is that BobbyÃÂs guitar appears and disappears in the mix. In fact, in the 8-14 Not Fade Away jam, it seems as if he disappears altogether! This is a *real* shame, because this is a longer than usual NFA jam, and Jerry and Phil are kickinÃÂ ass. The absence of WeirÃÂs rhythmic glue is a real shame.
But that astride, and taken as a whole, these shows sounds GREAT! They belong in every serious Dead HeadÃÂs collection. In fact I would say that the two shows belong in DickÃÂs Picks. This is the real deal. The end of an era?
Subject: Don't Miss This!
Listening now to the Truckin>Other One>Jam. Wow. the boys are in Berkeley and preaching to the choir. They blast out of the gate like it's 1969, then space it out to mellowville with Jerry leading the way with sparkling jazzy non-wah riffs. Do you hear the China Cat theme halfway thru? Quickly morphs into a prototype MLB jam before turning dark and modal again then thundering back to the verse. Definitely "burning crater of my mind" territory!
Two discs of pure Dead Magic. Highly recommended.
Dr. Flashback ;-)
PS - get the second night as well!
Subject: other one!